Do You Know How To Use the “Contagious” Quality of Values and Stories?

2020-03-15T19:22:46+00:00March 15th, 2020|Actions You Can Take, Climate Change, Climate Communications|

If you are reading this, chances are you’re a climate communicator. You may also be frustrated with the progress we’ve made over the last 30 years. The communication techniques of dull fact-based presentations, or the abject fear we’ve painted haven’t worked, and won’t work simply by doubling down. So [...]

Corona Virus and Climate – Walls Won’t Help

2020-03-04T18:09:09+00:00March 4th, 2020|Actions You Can Take, Climate Communications, Environmental Messaging, Reasons for Acting, Renewable Energy|

I am struck by the similarities of the Corona Virus and the Climate Crisis. They are both equal opportunity threats to our way of life. The COVID-19 virus will not be stopped by walls, and neither will the impact of climate. Yet there is a common path forward. In [...]

Do You Make These Three Mistakes When Posting to Facebook on Climate?

2020-02-26T20:26:33+00:00February 26th, 2020|Climate Communications, Climate Strategy, Environmental Messaging|

When your hair is on fire, what should you do? Run around and keep yelling, “My hair is on fire?” Or perhaps ask people for help?  After all, they can see your hair is on fire. The same thing applies to the climate crisis. Our house is on fire. [...]

Climate Strategy – Are We Ignoring Rural America?

2020-01-15T18:56:13+00:00January 14th, 2020|Climate Communications, Climate politics, Climate Strategy, Reasons for Acting|

I have a friend who grew up in rural Minnesota. His favorite expression is, “You can’t put a duck bill on a beaver and call it a platypus.” This aphorism pretty much sums up urban thinking about rural America. We try to make it something it isn’t, and then [...]

Climate Communications and the Apocalypse – Should We Blow Them Up?

2020-01-08T21:56:40+00:00January 4th, 2020|Climate Communications|

I have a friend that says that in order to change the presidency in America, we need to have a stock market crash. I know others, who claim to be environmentalists, that are secretly glad that Australia and California are burning to ash and hope for more disaster. Or [...]

What Is the Single Question I Get Asked Most About the Climate?

2019-12-17T03:15:44+00:00December 14th, 2019|Actions You Can Take, Climate Communications, Reasons for Acting|

It usually happens after every talk I’ve given around the country. The talk is over and a few people are gathered up front to make 1:1 comments or ask a question. A person waits politely for other conversations to finish. Their question usually begins with a qualification such as, [...]

“Americans like Green New Deal’s goals, but they reject paying trillions to reach them.”

2019-12-04T16:12:31+00:00December 3rd, 2019|Climate Change Denial and Misinformation, Climate Communications, Environmental Messaging, Green New Deal|

Really? This is a recent headline from a joint Washington Post and Kaiser Family Foundation survey. Both are reputable organizations. Yet part of the conclusion is misleading and based on a biased question from fossil fuel talking points. The takeaway from this headline seems to be that climate action [...]

What If Climate Could Unify America and the World?

2019-10-21T13:20:33+00:00October 21st, 2019|Climate Communications, Climate politics, Environmental Messaging, Reasons for Acting|

Thank you for the work you do on climate. You are part of the solution to the biggest challenge ever faced by humankind. Future generations will look back and ask, how did you have the courage to put aside your differences and work together in the face of incredible [...]

Why We Blame Children for Marching on the Climate Crisis

2019-10-11T17:50:54+00:00October 11th, 2019|Climate Communications, Climate politics, Environmental Messaging|

She’s young enough to add ½ to her age; 5 and ½. She’s tired. It’s been a long day. Her name is Sol, the youngest of my grandkids. She has trouble with her “L’s” and tells me that she’s going to trade in their old family Nissan for a [...]

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